Rena Rebecca Borkhataria
University of Florida, USA
I am interested in the study of ecological and anthropogenic processes affecting the survival and persistence of wildlife and in community-level interactions between species and across landscapes. I use field observations and experiments in conjunction with statistical and simulation modeling to understand how species are affected by land-use change, hydrological management, and landscape patterns. I believe in integrating the natural and social sciences to reach conservation goals and have conducted research in both areas. My Ph.D. research was focused on population and habitat suitability modeling for an endangered species (Mycteria americana) using satellite telemetry and GIS. Previously, I studied the ecological and political factors affecting conversion from shade to sun coffee in Puerto Rico. I am currently at the University of Floridas Everglades Research and Education Center, focusing on issues related to demographic and landscape modeling; Everglades restoration; spatial ecology of agricultural pests; and wildlife in agriculture.
Demographic and landscape modeling; Everglades restoration; Spatial ecology of agricultural pests; and Wildlife in agriculture.